TUESDAY 24 MAY
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
– Matthew 6:11-12
The first, and most obvious, meaning of this request is that God would sustain us physically – remember God’s provision of manna that was given every day in the desert during the exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land (see Exodus 16:9-13). This does not mean that we expect God to literally rain down manna from heaven, but that we understand that He is the one who makes our work fruitful, sometimes even meeting our physical needs in miraculous ways. But it is not just about our physical needs. God has already met our greatest spiritual need, that of forgiveness and restoration. As we experience God’s gracious forgiveness in our own lives, we are empowered to forgive those who have wronged us. This is vitally important because there is a crucial link between us forgiving others and experiencing God’s forgiveness for ourselves. He fulfils our spiritual needs because He is the bread that satisfies our spiritual hunger. When we ask God for daily bread, we are humbly acknowledging Him as the sole giver of everything we need - spirit, soul and body.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Praying the Lord’s Prayer forces us to look for things to thank and praise God for in our dark times, and it presses us to repent and seek forgiveness during times of prosperity and success.
Watch today’s Daily Devotional
- Honour (hallow) the name of the Lord our provider, particularly in the light of the economic challenges that many are facing. Bring any material and physical needs to the Lord, remembering to cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you. Make a fresh commitment to put God first and to honour Him with your tithes and offerings, knowing that He promises to supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus, (see Philippians 4).
- Pray for the work and ongoing provision of the local Foodbanks and our Community Action ministries – that people will not just have their physical needs met but that many will encounter the love of God through the staff and volunteers who are helping. The Food Pantry being set up in Peterborough, is a new initiative. Please pray that the team will build good relationships with the families coming in and that lives will be transformed though this project.
- Pray for the refugee families being resettled in our cities; that the children settle quickly into school and make friends, that parents find employment and they quickly build supportive friendships.
- Repent and say sorry for any sin or unforgiveness that is blocking your relationship with the Lord or with others. Declare that the Lord our Righteousness has broken the power of sin and death over our lives, and that we can live in peace with Him, ourselves and those around us.
A CALL TO ACTION
Ask God how you can be a channel of His provision in someone else’s life. Be open to obey a Holy Spirit prompt to release some of your resources into someone else’s life.
Can you support any local community action projects? For example, could you volunteer for a few hours a month at your local Foodbank? Have you got good quality furniture that you could donate to charities who are helping to resettle refugees? Click below to find out more.